This is a brief post in anticipation of this evening’s show from Dead & Company, featuring 3 of the original members of the Grateful Dead joined by 3 younger musicians to revive the Dead vibe. And this modern-day revival of the Dead kicks ass!
Yep, we’ve got 2 shows in a row from Dead & Company right here in Texas: tonight in Dallas and tomorrow in Austin. Okay, I no longer live here in Texas, but I had to return for these. The Dead last played Texas in 1988 — and last played Austin in 1985! It’s a long time coming and now here we go again.
I wrote previously about the many “Dead runs” I’ve made in the past, up to and including the Dead & Company shows in Boulder in 2016 as well as earlier this summer. This run consists (so far) of driving to Denver from Cañon City, a flight to Austin, rental car out to Bastrop to hook up with Albert. We had been thinking about going to the Dallas show and back via a “party bus” some Austin Deadheads put together, but that did not pan out, so Albert and Shawn and I are driving northward to Dallas now. While this last minute change threw some plans off, it does mean we get to stay overnight in Dallas, visiting my old friend, Mike MacNaughton.
Other old friends we’ll see include the 3 Grateful Dead original members — Bob Weir, Billy Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart—holding down the beat and the vision, while the new guys — John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti — bring new jams and excitement.
So, we’re on the road again, following today’s carnival show rolling through Texas, seeking joy & merriment. In the words of one old Grateful Dead tune, we’re “listening for the secret, searching for the sound.”
Join us tonight at 7 Central for a free stream of the set openers on Nugs TV. Here’s a taste from earlier this tour —enjoy!
See y’all after the shows!